February 28 to March 09, 2018 – 09:30 a.m. 04:30 p.m.

Worlds (Exhibition)

Michael Peck creates alternate universes that appropriate memories and hint at the promises and fears of what is yet to come.

February 28 to March 09, 2018 – 09:30 a.m. 04:30 p.m.

150 Oxford Street Collingwood 3066

'Worlds' brings together a cross section of works that Peck has held onto from exhibitions in Melbourne, Sydney and Los Angeles over the past 20 years. Seen together, Peck’s body of work can be loosely linked by the viewer; witnessing the evolution of his art and themes over time.

Peck uses children in his artwork to create an immediate connection to the viewer, who can relate to the experience of being a child themselves. It is a theme he was drawn to as a young artist – but since becoming a father it has taken on new layers of meaning in his work. He now uses his children, as well as those of friends’, as characters in his artwork.

Peck says “There’s something almost tangible which surrounds kids: where they are protected but vulnerable at the same time. They come into a world that is dangerous, and have to navigate their way through it into adulthood.”

Peck’s work has been described as capturing “that moment of optimism which may be ruptured by a tragic awareness of its transitory state”. There is a pervasive sense of brooding at the edges of the viewer’s consciousness, coupled with what may, conversely, be optimism. In Peck’s delicate lines and bold colours, it’s left to the viewer to feel whether the cusp between childhood and adulthood is to be feared or embraced.

About Michael Peck

Since his early-twenties Michael has held 13 solo exhibitions in Melbourne, Sydney and Berlin. At 19 years old he won the award of “Most prominent painter at Monash University” and the National Gallery of Victoria Trustees Award two years later. Since those early days he has been a finalist in 10 of the most prestigious national art prizes including the Archibald Prize, Sulman Prize and Dobell Drawing prize. His work has been shown in museums throughout Australia and internationally and he has had public commissions in Australia and Europe. His work is held in both public and private collections in Australia, London, New York, Hong Kong and Berlin.
- by Alex Mchulloch

Michael Peck is a Visual Arts Tutor at LCI Melbourne.

Exhibition Open Monday - Friday only (closed on weekends) 28 February 2018 to 09 March 2018 - 9:30am to 4:30pm
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